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Retired 1950s-Era Coal Plant in Ohio Gets New Life as Storage

  • Duke Energy, LG Chem and Greensmith installed 2 megawatts
  • Lithium-ion batteries will help support renewable energy

Duke Energy Corp. has found a new job for an old coal plant in Ohio: helping a power grid handle increasing amounts of renewable energy.

Two megawatts of lithium-ion batteries installed at the retired Beckjord power plant began operating on Tuesday, doubling its power-storage capacity, the Charlotte-based utility-owner said in a statement Wednesday.